Where to see gorillas in Uganda the popular and well-known places are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. The endangered impressive Mountain Gorillas in Uganda don’t live in any zoo across the planet since they cannot survive in detention and thus there aren’t any known mountain gorillas surviving within zoos. These can only be found and seen in Africa, in just three countries that include Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. There are approximately 786 Mountain Gorillas remaining in the world with approximately half of them staying in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest plus the Mgahinga Gorilla Park within Uganda found in East Africa.
When you talk about Gorillas imaginative thoughts cross anyone’s mind; with thoughts of Tarzan movies and King Kong. Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda weren’t known about by the western world until 1902. Rwanda then a German colony, Captain von Berenge was mountaineering Mount Sabinyo on the side of Rwanda together with his friends and at 9300 foot-level where they camped, they spotted a group of Mountain Gorillas and there he shot 2 of them although managed to retrieve just one. The victim was a young-male approximately five years of age, not too big at 220 pounds, however larger than all apes the Germans had ever seen. The Bones plus skin were later forwarded to Berlin and there it was acknowledged as a mountain gorilla.
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a biodiverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. It’s home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, that feed on roots, leaves, and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. A number of measures have been put in place to protect the endangered gorilla families, for example, a restricted number of only 8 gorilla permits is issued every day. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests, which are home to many butterflies and birds. Bwindi Forest has about 8 habituated gorilla families that can be viewed by tourists every day.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is best during the high seasons from May to September to February and December due to the reduced amount of rainfall received and it is less muddy in the country. The low seasons of March to May and October to November are not so much desired due to too much rainfall received. Visitors are required to pack the right clothes that will leave you with no regrets during the wonderful experience in Africa. Waterproof bags, jackets, insect repellents, first aid kit, pair of binoculars and cameras should not be left out.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also another place where to see gorillas in Uganda though this park is not as popular as Bwindi Forest. Mgahinga Forest located in the southwestern corner of Uganda. The Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes. Gorilla trekking is the most thrilling tourist activity in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The habituated gorilla in this park is called the Nyakagezi, which consists of 9 members, 2 silverbacks, 3 adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants. However, due to their constant movement it is advisable to check the current location of the gorillas first.
Gorilla tracking can be strenuous and may take the whole day. The guide leads you through the gorilla’s world, explaining aspects of their ecology and behavior along the way. We must stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, success is NOT guaranteed. They are wild creatures with no fixed routine, and finding them requires the skill and experience of your trackers and guides, as well as luck.
The trackers and guides have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately. Before you set off on your trek, they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be. While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. Take time to stop and enjoy the birds, trees and flowers. The guide will ensure that you don’t get left behind!